Language, Objects, and Intentionality

  • Charles Simonyi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2072)


The multiplicity of natural languages and the multiplicity of computer languages invite a false parallel. In fact computer languages have settled into an evolutionary rut that was carved by the needs of the earliest computers, while natural language evolves to even greater efficiencies. The talk will discuss “intentionality” as an important aspect of natural language, and the uses of intentionality in computer languages and in object oriented programming.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Simonyi
    • 1
  1. 1.Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Road Redmond

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